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Sen. Thad Cochran Proposes $650.7B Defense Spending Package

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R- Mississippi) has proposed a defense policy bill that would allocate $581.3 billion in base budget, $64.9 billion in overseas contingency operations funds and $4.5 billion in emergency missile defense funds for fiscal year 2018, Defense News reported Tuesday. Cochran on Tuesday introduced the draft …

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House OKs $692B Reconciled FY 2018 Defense Policy Bill

The House voted 356-70 Tuesday to pass a conferenced version of a defense spending bill that would allocate $626.4 billion in base budget and $65.7 billion in overseas contingency operations funds for fiscal year 2018, The Hill reported Tuesday. The compromise FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act would authorize a 2.4 percent pay increase …

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Report: Reconciled FY 2018 Defense Policy Bill Contains ‘Amazon Amendment’

The fiscal 2018 defense spending bill introduced by a joint House-Senate conference committee includes an amendment that would potentially shift approximately $53 billion in annual purchases of commercial products by the Defense Department to e-commerce portals, Nextgov reported Monday. The Defense Acquisition Streamlining and Transparency Act, also known as the Amazon amendment, in …

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$500M Provision to Modernize Federal IT Included in Negotiated Defense Authorization Bill

Lawmakers have incorporated a provision that would fund federal agencies’ efforts to update information technology systems as part of the final version of the proposed defense authorization plan for fiscal year 2018, The Hill reported Thursday. A Senate Armed Services Committee spokesperson confirmed to the publication that the Modernizing Government …

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Senate Approves Federal Customer Service Bill

The Senate unanimously approved a bill on Tuesday that would authorize federal agencies to collect voluntary feedback regarding public services, Nextgov reported Wednesday. The Federal Agency Customer Experience Act of 2017, introduced by Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) and James Lankford (R-Oklahoma), also seeks to establish new approaches for the executive and legislative oversight …

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John Gibson Confirmed as Pentagon’s Deputy Chief Mgmt Officer

The Senate voted 91-7 Tuesday to confirm John Gibson, former president and CEO at XCOR Aerospace, as the Defense Department‘s deputy chief management officer, Military Times reported Tuesday. Gibson previously held the roles of DoD deputy undersecretary for management reform and  U.S. Air Force assistant secretary for financial management and comptroller. …

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James Mattis Testifies on Use of Military Force to Address Global Terrorist Threats

Defense Secretary James Mattis has told a Senate committee that Authorizations for Use of Military Force enacted in 2001 and 2002 have remained “sound” bases for ongoing U.S. military missions to stop terrorism threats worldwide, DoD News reported Monday. Mattis discussed the continuing utilization of the AUMFs during his testimony Monday  before …

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Senate OKs Fiscal 2018 Budget Resolution

The Senate voted 51-49 Thursday to approve its fiscal 2018 budget resolution that would authorize a tax reform plan, The Hill reported Thursday. The budget measure proposes to increase defense spending levels at current rates to reach $684 billion by 2027 and reduce nondefense spending in succeeding years that would result …

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